Automated simulator development: A strategy for modeling modular housing production

Mahdi Nasereddin, Michael A. Mullens, Dayana Cope

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Abstract

This paper describes an automated approach for developing discrete event simulation models for the modular housing industry. A modular home is produced in a factory and is transported to the construction site in modules. The manufacturing process is complex, combining line flow product movement with a complex precedence network and physical constraints. This paper describes elements commonly found in modular manufacturing and summarizes an approach for automating the model development process using ProModel and Visual Basic. A case study is presented to verify advantages, which include a substantial reduction in model development time and improved modeling consistency and quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-223
Number of pages12
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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